Detective Bureau

About the Bureau

The Aurora Police Detective Bureau consists of two Detective Sergeants, one Detective, a Drug Task Force Officer, two School Resource Officers and a Crime Prevention Officer. The Detective Bureau investigates crimes, suspicious behavior, unusual activities, and dangerous situations that pose a risk to the health, safety and welfare of the community, or which in any way affect the residents of the City of Aurora.

Detectives are also heavily involved in Community Policing and problem solving to enhance the quality of life for our residents and members of the public working in or visiting our community. This includes working in the schools and public speaking at civic functions and businesses.

Members of the Detective Bureau have received Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and certification. This is specialized training in handling encounters with special needs adults and children, the elderly, emotionally disturbed people, violent perpetrators, suicidal individuals, persons suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or highly volatile situations. All Detectives have received special certification to administer Naloxone (NARCAN) for drug overdoses.

Additionally, Detective Bureau Officers have received hundreds of hours of advanced training in stress management and detection, gang activities, financial crimes, violent encounters, life and death situations, arrest, search and seizure, firearms, explosives, chemical agents, first aid, cultural diversity, human trafficking, domestic violence, and drug trafficking. Each Detective receives annual training to remain current with legal issues, trends, and technology.

Members of the Aurora Detective Bureau have distinguished themselves by earning advanced certifications from both Federal and State agencies. Chief Brian Byard and Lt. Andy Lumpkins have both graduated from the FBI National Academy. Detective Sergeant Mark Croy earned certification as a Master Criminal Investigator and as a Master Evidence Technician. Sgt. Croy was the first Police Officer in Portage County to earn Master Evidence Technician certification. Detective Bill Byers earned certification as a Master Criminal Investigator. Lt. Lumpkins earned certification as a Master Criminal Investigator. Detective Sergeant earned certification as a Master Criminal Investigator and as a White Collar Crime Master Criminal Investigator. Sgt. Kalk was the first Police Officer in the State of Ohio to earn White Collar Crime Master Criminal Investigator certification.

Detectives search for and collect evidence that is pertinent to the investigation of a crime or incident. They process the crime scenes and manage the cases. Then the investigation is complete, Detectives will present evidence to the Grand Jury and file criminal charges.

Many times, the Detective Bureau will work with other agencies in large, complex or intensive investigations. Each year, the Detective Bureau works successfully with the U.S> Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Secret Service (USSS), the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the Portage County Drug Task Force, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), and the Southeast Area Law Enforcement Task Force (SEALE). Working together with other agencies enables the Aurora Police Department to enhance the quality and types of services provided to the residents of the City of Aurora. By coordinating efforts and pooling manpower and resources, smaller communities are able to utilize sophisticated equipment and laboratories to help keep their communities safe.

In order to create a deterrent to those who choose to commit crimes in the City of Aurora, the Police Department established and asset forfeiture policy. In addition to seizing the stolen items from the criminal, the Detective Bureau strips the criminals of their personal possessions that use while committing the crimes. This has resulted in the forfeiture of motor vehicles, tools, cash, and electronic devices. This program is still working well  and has had an impact on shoplifting and theft offenses in the City of Aurora. To date, the Detective Bureau confiscated and then donated more than &48, 000 of new clothing, cosmetics, and toys to various charitable organizations. Several of our local businesses donate merchandise to charitable organizations, through the Detective Bureau, when they are unable to resell new items that were returned. Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and Chief Brian Byard choose the recipients of the donated and forfeited property. 

Reporting Suspicious Activity and Crimes

The Aurora Detective Bureau is always seeking information leading to the successful apprehension and prosecution of individuals responsible for committing crimes.  You can report crimes in progress by calling 911.  You can provide information to the Detective Bureau by calling Police Dispatch at 330-562-8181, or you can call the Aurora Police Tip Line at 330-995-3030.  You are not required to identify yourself when you report a crime or provide information.  Information can also be emailed to the Detective Bureau: tipline@auroraoh.com.